Bryan Habana announces his retirement from rugby

24 April 2018 - 14:36 By Mahlatse Mphahlele
South Africa's Bryan Habana looks on before the rugby union test match between England and South Africa at Twickenham stadium in southwest London on November 12, 2016.
South Africa's Bryan Habana looks on before the rugby union test match between England and South Africa at Twickenham stadium in southwest London on November 12, 2016.
Image: Adrian DENNIS / AFP

Former South Africa and Toulon winger Bryan Habana has announced his retirement from rugby.

Habana announced his retirement on Instagram on Tuesday and said: “The inevitable moment has come knocking on my door and I have welcomed it in for a drink.

"So at the end of this season, it’s time to say goodbye and thank you to the game I so dearly love. 

RC Toulon's South African winger Bryan Habana scores during the French Top 14 rugby union match between RC Toulon and Lyon on February 18, 2017 at the Mayol stadium in Toulon, southern France.
RC Toulon's South African winger Bryan Habana scores during the French Top 14 rugby union match between RC Toulon and Lyon on February 18, 2017 at the Mayol stadium in Toulon, southern France.
Image: BORIS HORVAT / AFP

"It's been more than a year of hoping‚ trying‚ pushing and willing to get back on the field for one last time‚ to taste the sweet victory or encounter that gut-wrenching despair.”

The 34-year old‚ who scored 335 points in 124 Tests for the Springboks after he made his debut in 2004‚ was part of the side that defeated England in the 2007 World Cup final.

The former Bulls and Stormers wing had been with Toulon since 2013‚ but has struggled with injuries problems that frustrated his time with the Top 14 side.


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